|Bryan Lerg scored some big goals for the Pens this season.|
Role: Two-way forward
Contract Status: Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA) on July 1st
Notables: 25 years old, 5-10, 175 lbs, Left handed shot
Season Stats: 65 games played 15G, 17A, +16, 21 PIM
Playoff Stats: 9 games played, 1G, 2A, -1, 4 PIM
Bryan Lerg began the season on a professional tryout, but after 14 games he was signed to an regular AHL contract. He was most likely brought into the Penguins organization because of a connection to coach John Hynes, who was Lerg's head coach when he played on the U.S. National Team from 2002 to 2004.
Many remember Lerg's big goal in Hershey on March 27th. His shorthanded game-winner in overtime clinched the East Division for the WBS Penguins. Lerg really finished the regular season strong, with 14 points (6G, 8A) in the last 17 games. Unfortunately a leg injury prevented Lerg from being overly effective in the playoffs.
Lerg is set to become a free agent in July but has his play warranted another shot with the organization? Does his connection with the coaching staff increase his chances of being re-signed? Questions that will soon be answered in the coming months. Rate Bryan Lerg's performance this season in the comments section below.